Quick links: Rugby Video | Six Nations Rugby | Premiership Rugby | LV= Cup | Rugby Championship | Heineken Cup Rugby | Pro 12 Rugby | Super Rugby | Currie Cup Rugby | Rugby World Cup
 
 
 

British & Irish Lions confirm Hong Kong opener


Email Article | | Print Article | Click here for a free $150 Bet

Article Published: Monday 18 October 2010


The British and Irish Lions have confirmed that former Scotland full-back and SRU past president Andy Irvine will mange the 2013 Lions tour to Australia and that the tour will kick off in Hong Kong against the Barbarians.

British Lions Limited (BLL) also confirmed that HSBC have renewed their sponsorship which will see the bank's name on the shirt as it was in 2009 which will be the first time time a Principal Partner has ever renewed their sponsorship.

2013 British and Irish Lions tour manager Irvine made an amazing 41 appearances (36 provincial + 5 Tests) for The Lions and will take over from Gerald Davies, who performed the role during the Tour to South Africa last year. Davies, the flying Welsh winger and a Lion in 1968 and 1971, was in turn appointed Chairman of BLL.

Irvine represented The Lions in 1974, 1977 and 1980 scoring 257 points, said: "I feel honoured and privileged to be able to take on the role of Tour Manager for our 2013 visit to Australia."

"Last year's Tour was a phenomenal showcase for rugby, and I look forward to upholding the best of Lions traditions when we travel to the home of the Wallabies for what will be a fantastic experience. In the meantime, I can't wait to get my teeth into the planning and logistics that will be so crucial to the success of the Tour over the next two and a half years."

Gerald Davies, who as Tour Manager in 2009 helped shape one of the most memorable Test series in modern times, said: "It is a huge honour for me to continue my long association with The Lions as chairman for the 2013 Tour to Australia. The Lions remains one of the greatest adventures in modern rugby and I look forward to once again sharing in the unique spirit and prestige of The Lions."

The Lions first match in Hong Kong promised to be a historic event and Barbarians Chairman John Spencer said,"The Barbarians and The Lions have a rich history and both share a unique place in the game of rugby.

"To bring two such sides together and be able to create history in Hong Kong is very special indeed, and it will be an incredible occasion and the perfect way to kick off the 2013 Lions Tour. "

"We are proud and delighted to be part of such an innovative chapter in Lions history and are already looking forward to the match."

 
 
Heineken Cup Rugby News
Rugby Champions Cup dates revealed
The inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup is set to explode into action in mid-October with two compelling weekends of heavyweight clashes between European club rugby's professional elite.
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Twickenham to host Rugby Champions Cup final
European Rugby Champions Cup draw revealed
European Rugby & Challenge Cup Draw reaction

More Heineken Cup Rugby News

Aviva Premiership
Bath v Leicester Tigers Premiership Preview
Bath have named a side to play Leicester Tigers this weekend in the Aviva Premiership with one change to the side that beat London Welsh as Matt Banahan returns to the starting side.
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Gloucester v Exeter Chiefs Premiership Preview
Premiership salary cap increases confirmed
Wasps flyhalf Jackson set for nine month out

More Aviva Premiership News

Anglo Welsh Cup News
Anglo Welsh LV= Cup fixtures updated
Following the announcement of the 2014/15 LV= Cup fixtures on July 25, the Welsh Regions, WRU, Premiership Rugby , RFU and LV= Organising Committee have come to an agreement regarding the arrangement of Round 1 fixtures for the Welsh Regions, which clash with the Guinness Pro 12 Round 7.
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Exeter Chiefs beat Saints to win LV Cup
Exeter vs Northampton LV= Cup final preview
Exeter book LV Cup final against Northampton

More Anglo Welsh Cup News

Six Nations Rugby
Under fire Johnson gets backing from bosses
Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson has denied claims that Scott Johnson has been rewarded for failure after Scotland's miserable 2014 Six Nations campaign.
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
England's Brown wins Six Nations best player
Scotland fullback Hogg gets three week ban
Warburton to be out of action for 'several months'

More Six Nations Rugby News

 
Rugby Week Sponsor
 
 
Latest Rugby video